In many countries winter is associated with the coziness of homes with a cup of hot chocolate in front of TV or with family. In Edmonton, there is so much to do outdoors, especially when temperatures are below zero. This list of activities with schedules is so fun that you will forget it is winter after all. Try what you like with your family and get used to the new winter attitude here :)
1- Skating Outdoors: "Discover the adrenaline rush of ice skating outside, at one of Edmonton’s renowned outdoor rinks, surrounded by gorgeous snow-covered winter scenery. Glide peacefully along Hawrelak Park’s five-hectare lake while mellow music flows from rink-side speakers.
Skate the frozen pond at Churchill Square, surrounded by the cultural icons of City Hall, Citadel Theatre and the Art Gallery of Alberta. During the Christmas season, grasp the mittened hand of someone you love while skating the pond on the Alberta legislature grounds, surrounded by trees adorned with sparkling lights.
Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and spend an afternoon with family, who laugh along with you as you attempt a figure eight."
Start dates: 26/11/2013
End date: 1/4/2014
Details on locations are found here.
2- Watchable Wildlife Tours: "Journey off the beaten track and experience some of Canada’s greatest marvels with your personal guide at Watchable Wildlife Tours. Just 45 minutes from downtown Edmonton, take a day trip to the Blackfoot Forest Reserve and observe wildlife in their natural winter habitat, including deer, moose, elk, bison and beaver.
Spot up to 250 species of migratory birds. Hike through Elk Island National Park and catch sight of bald eagles, great horned owls and osprey, as well as the Trumpeter Swan, an endangered species. Be humbled by the presence of the 2nd highest population density of African Serengeti in the world."